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Old 08-08-2019, 09:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Kobal2 View Post
There is nothing whatsoever implicitly meritocratic about capitalism. To whit : look upon the cratic-havers in America today, ye powerless, and despair.
Businessmen aren't economists. You might as well compare a soldier to a game theorist, it's an entirely different field.

Before Smith, people thought that you needed to be able to do everything yourself, since everyone was a competitor and you're just losing if others can compete successfully.

Smith made the argument that you could give up entire industries and simply trade for what you need, allowing others who are more inclined to the work and more capable of the work to do that, and produce a superior product.

Now, he was talking about nations not individuals but it's the same thing. Economies, products, and the welfare of people are all improved by allowing the market to find the most effective entity to do the desired work.


And the French Revolution was not really about classism. It started off, and for a long time kept being, an economic crisis first and foremost. If anything, the overwhelming majority of the people were absolutely fine with classes as they were and the King being the King ; so long as the rich paid taxes and didn't starve the poor in stupid schemes and speculations on grain. The only people who had a problem with the class system were the rising bourgeoisie, who chafed at being looked down upon even when they reached the highest spheres of power. That class did not represent the majority of the revolutionaries (let alone the French population), although it did manage to thoroughly betray its purported ideals soon enough...
Economic hardship or no, France was still flirting with the early stages of Capitalist thought and that was completely peripheral to the revolution. At the time, the central economy was mercantilist (i.e. state managed), the middle class were largely practicing feudalist economics (joining guilds, paying guild dues, inheriting their profession, etc.), and the lowest classes were probably mostly villeins or some equivalent.

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